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Military Medical History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Dr. Charles Drew: The Man Who Saved a Million Soldiers' Lives

Drew, an African American researcher, revolutionized the way the medical community stored blood products during World War II

During African American History Month we celebrate Charles Drew, who revolutionized the blood collection and distribution process and developed large-scale blood banks, allowing medics to save untold numbers of lives during World War II. Drew’s methods are still used to save lives in the armed forces today.

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Defense Health Board History


Defense Health Board History briefing to the Defense Health Board, Nov. 1, 2016.

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